A conveyance, consisting of a rectangular platform carried at shoulder height by bearers who lift it by projecting poles. Palanquins often have canopies, and may be enclosed with curtains, screens, or louvres. The bearers usually number four, but larger models to carry more than two people, or people with luggage, may boast eight, twelve, or even sixteen bearers. See sedan chair and kaga.

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